Job Description


The Haskell Foundation (HF) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to driving Haskell adoption and open-source development. HF seeks to foster an understanding of the benefits of using Haskell among developers who do not currently use the language. The foundation will erase barriers to entry and improve the Haskell ecosystem, measuring its success by the increase in Haskell adoption. HF affiliates with and supports high-quality open source projects that nurture respectful communication and an inclusive community. More information about HF can be found on the web at

The Opportunity

HF seeks a full-time Executive Director (ED) to lead and develop the organization going forward. The ED is responsible for furthering the HF’s mission and vision, ensuring that resources are in place to accomplish its goals. The ED will lead sourcing for sponsorships, structure the organization, recruit and channel the efforts of volunteers. Over time the ED will recruit and retain paid staff who will help HF expand the set of activities the organization can pursue. Working with the Board, the ED will articulate the HF’s strategic priorities and direction. He or she will assess and evaluate strategies, decide how the organization will differentiate itself from other like-minded organizations in the region, and will hire teams, set budgets, forge alliances and build partnerships to further the mission. The ED will play a formative role in building the culture of HF around community service. The HF will succeed if and only if it succeeds in unlocking the expertise and enthusiasm of volunteer members of the community. This will be a major goal for the ED, so that volunteers find HF to be a solid professional home with ample opportunities for recognition and professional growth. The ED will invest heavily in the training, mentoring and capacity building at HF. Finally, the ED will actively promote HF to build its financial reserves and goodwill. He or she will secure resources, budget and allocate resources appropriately and hold him or herself accountable for the financial health of the organization.

Reporting Relationships

The ED reports to the Board of Directors. All other members of staff and volunteers report directly or indirectly to the ED.


Board Governance

Works with the board to help it enact HF’s mission.

  • Responsible for leading HF in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  • Ensure that HF is in compliance with relevant state and federal laws, regulations and with standard accounting procedures.
  • Work with individual Board members and subcommittees as directed by the Board.
  • Inform the Board regularly of internal organization matters, including relevant staffing, funding and program success and priorities.
  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of HF, ensure that the Board is able to monitor the financial condition of HF. This means preparing budgets and financial statements which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization and are kept up to date as directed by the Board.

Develops financial resources sufficient to ensure the sustainability of the organization. Personally responsible for the following:

  • Responsible for fundraising and developing other revenues necessary to support HF’s mission.
  • Participate in identifying and cultivating corporate, individual and foundation sponsors.
Organization Mission and Strategy

Works with the Board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through volunteer efforts, technical planning and educational outreach. Personally, or with the help of volunteers responsible for the following:

  • Responsible for implementation of volunteer programs that carry out the organization’s mission.
  • Responsible for recruiting existing community projects to affiliate with HF. Responsible for assessing the ongoing adherence to HF standards.
  • Responsible for the enhancement of HF’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, and private organizations.
  • Be the public face of HF through public presentations at Haskell-related events.
  • Cultivate excellent relationships with the community and operate HF’s social media presence.
Organization Operations

Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.

  • Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff as financial resources permit.
  • Responsible effective administration of HF’s operations.
  • Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.
  • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.

Salary and employment

The ED can live anywhere in the world.

The ED must be eligible under USA law and the law in his or her jurisdiction to perform work (as an employee or as a contractor) for a non-profit organisation incorporated in the USA.

Salary will be commensurate with the experience, qualities, and location of the individual, and will also reflect the Foundation’s status as a non-profit organisation funded by donations.

Key Credentials and Personal Qualities

Since HF is in a startup mode the ideal candidate may not have every possible desirable attribute. Candidates are encouraged to apply with the expectation that the Board will assist and coach in areas of personal development tailored to the successful candidate’s needs.

Essential Attributes
  • Successful experience in development and organizational leadership in a non-profit or business setting.
  • Self-starter, with strong motivational and staff leadership abilities.
  • Willingness to execute fundraising plans and strategies that generate significant results
  • Commitment to results; “can-do" mindset with emphasis on accountability.
  • Exceptional in communicating verbally and in written language.
  • Sense of humor, integrity, impeccable work ethic.
Desirable attributes
  • Experience at change leadership and change management.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, via experience or an advanced degree in CS, math or a related technical field.
  • Experience in writing persuasive materials including successful appeals, proposals, presentations, stewardship materials, and other collateral.
  • Knowledge of the Haskell community and its dynamics.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit a resume, and thoughtful cover letter outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position, and your vision for the Foundation. Send to

Closing date: 11 January 2021